pro·​gram·​ming | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ How to pronounce programming (audio) , -grə- \
variants: or less commonly programing

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

The news conference interrupted regular television programming.
Recent Examples on the Web Now that Disney+ and Apple TV+ have dropped their programming bombs upon our homes, we are officially engaged in the most gruesome conflict our generation has ever seen. Lana Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Streaming Wars," 27 May 2020 For instance, some of the largest cryptocurrencies, including the Bitcoin-offshoot Bitcoin Cash, were formed following a programming fork. Vildana Hajric,, "Bitcoiners Go Wild After Goldman Revives Tulip Mania Comparison," 27 May 2020 Learn about the next Fridays Are for Founders and other DEC programming at Dallas News, "How D-FW small businesses can use storytelling to create superfans and thrive after the COVID-19 lockdown," 22 May 2020 Many are offering different programming and prizes this year due to the pandemic, but remember that the biggest reward is the reading itself. 2. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Running out of things to do with your kids? Here are 100 ideas for this summer.," 22 May 2020 Suddenly, not only scripted series but also the sports, talk shows and reality programming that have kept broadcast and cable channels in business amid the streaming revolution were canceled. Judy Berman, Time, "What Will TV Look Like After the Pandemic?," 21 May 2020 Still, some White House allies, uneasy about the optics of Trump's current travel routine in which aides can often be seen socially distanced and in masks, are pressing for a return to programming as usual. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Kellyanne Conway calls for extra presidential debates," 20 May 2020 Shifting to virtual programming via Zoom and Facebook has been an unexpected blessing for the organization. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Online programs have been unexpected blessing for this Louisville interfaith organization," 15 May 2020 The systems intervene subtly and effectively, a credit to Nissan’s programming and sensors. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Nissan Sentra may be the perfect car for nervous times," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of programming

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of programming was in 1896

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30 May 2020

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“Programming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of programming

: the act or job of creating computer programs
: a schedule of television or radio broadcasts

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